Los Angeles teacher aide arrested for sex contact

LOS ANGELES (AP) — A high school teacher’s aide accused of sending inappropriate Internet messages to a 15-year-old student was arrested Monday on suspicion of contacting her with the intent to commit a sexual offense, the FBI said.

Alain Salas, 40, was taken into custody at John C. Fremont Senior High School. It was the fourth child sex-related arrest of a Los Angeles Unified School District employee in recent weeks, but FBI spokeswoman Laura Eimiller said there was no evidence the cases were connected.

Salas, who reportedly also helped coach girls’ volleyball, remained jailed without bail. He was not immediately charged with any crime.

The FBI informed the Los Angeles Unified School District of Salas’ arrest, but the bureau did not provide any details, Superintendent John Deasy told KNX radio.

The FBI began investigating in December after an “inappropriate online communication was brought to our attention” but it took time to find the possible victim and even more time to determine a suspect, Eimiller said.

Salas allegedly sent to and received Internet messages from the student that involved references to sexual content, but investigators were still trying to determine whether such contact actually occurred, Eimiller said.

A school official was contacted in December in an effort to contact the possible victim, she said.

“We had not yet identified Mr. Salas,” Eimiller said.

“There’s a legal conflict there,” she added. “We get allegations every single day about alleged exploitation of children and much of it is not true, and it has to be looked into before we can consider someone a suspect.”

Salas was arrested after investigators determined there was enough evidence to hold him, Eimiller said.

Fremont school is about two miles from Miramonte Elementary School, where authorities said two former teachers committed lewd acts with children in their classrooms.

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